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Lance School 1st Grade

I think I've nailed what I want to use for Lance's first grade year.

  • Easy Classical 1st Grade Main Schedule for:I did use Easy Classical for Bible and Literature, then switched to Heart of Dakota, and stopped using it. I did like having Lance memorize the Catechisms.
Bible-Big Truths for Little Kids and Literature. This way I can combine Lance and Ethan with these two subjects.
I chose First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind Part 1, because of the repetition it has. Some have commented that it's too much but I think this will work for Lance. First Language Lessons also included memorization, copywork and narration.

I used FLL with Josh when he was in 1st grade. He had a lot of fun memorizing the poems. In fact he still recites them from time to time. For the poem The Caterpillar I had him draw a picture for it too. It was fun. I do wish I would have continued this with my other children.Once I switched Lance to Heart of Dakota we didn't need FLL anymore.

Funny, my 1st child used FLL and now my last child will too. I'll have to dig out Joshua's picture of the poem.

Handwriting Without Tears, again, I used this with Josh. So many of my first choices I should have just stuck with them, but noooooooooo, I had to try everything. My goodness. Live and learn.
I do think Handwriting Without Tears will be a good thing for Lance. I'm going to take my time and not feel rushed with teaching him. I know he'll be in 1st grade but his writing skills are more of the K level with this program. Oh, and I'm over grade levels too. I don't care if Lance, is using something that is labeled 'K' because I want to meet my children where they are at. I tried to do the whole grade level with my older children {especially with Josh} and I believe it set them back more than anything. I was always rushing Joshua, through things because I didn't want him to get 'behind'. I am not going to make the same mistake with Lance. He'll catch on and be fine. Lance finished this.

In the math department, Lance will use Funnix and Living Math (from Queen Homeschool).

For Phonics and Reading I thought PAL/Reading looked fun. I liked PAL/Reading but it wasn't a good fit for Lance, he needed something that started with short vowel sounds and moved from there.

 For history I chose Hideaways in History by WinterPromise. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to fit in, but I'm going to try. It looks really fun and I miss doing something like this with the two younger ones. Loved the whole idea about Hideaway in History but it wasn't getting done, so I switched to a more All in One curriculum, that had history, bible, science, copywork etc. scheduled. Plus I wanted more Bible incorporated into our history.
This year I hope to start Song School Latin with Lance. I just couldn't find the time to add Song School Latin :(

Some of the programs didn't work out for use, so in Dec. I switched things up and you can read here, what Lance used.

1 comment

  1. Yay!! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see what you think of it. Miss Paya has been asking when Ziggy is going to "do school", since we've been on a hiatus since late last week. It's been crazy preparing for the Holy Days this week. Love the plan, mama! Looks like a great one!

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